A German state has banned children from wearing the burka in schools as they say it ‘does not belong in a free society’.
Baden-Württemberg deemed the legal ruling necessary, despite admitting that cases of children choosing to wear a full-face veil in school are ‘rare’. Teachers are already banned from wearing burkas during lessons in the state.
Winfried Kretschmann, the state’s Premier, said the burka ‘did not belong in a free society’ as the decision was made. He added that introducing the ban in universities would be more complex, and so would only apply to primary and secondary schools for the time being.
The issue of full-face coverings has been a topic of debate in Germany for some-time, with civil servants, judges and soldiers banned from wearing the burka in public in 2017.
Last year in Hamburg, a teenage girl won a legal battle to wear a full-face veil to school, with the court ruling that she had ‘a right to unconditional protection of her freedom of belief’.
Those against the burka believe they are protecting girls and women from being forced to wear them, with Chancellor Angela Merkel being among politicians who have called for a ban on the veil in public.
Both Baden-Württemberg Green Party leaders Sandra Detzer and Oliver Hildenbrand have also previously referred to the burka and the niqab ‘symbols of oppression’, Deutsche Welle reports.
Those in favour of allowing them are concerned about infringing on the rights of Germany’s growing Muslim community.
Full-face veils have already been banned in Germany’s neighbouring countries such as The Netherlands, France, Denmark and Austria.
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